Yes -- actually, when I offered it to my teenaged son to listen while cleaning his room, I told him the same thing: The book is good enough to overcome the annoyingness of the acting. When he was finished, he agreed.
Just Williams, please! Ditch the rest of 'em!
I had read this book years ago and am a fan of Jane Aiken Hodge. The audiobook reader, however, was not up to the job. This was full of mispronunciations and faulty emphasis. The characterizations were fine, so perhaps the reader would be OK for a non-historical story.
I read this series first, and now I am enjoying the audiobooks. The narrator does a good job of capturing the wise-cracking New Jersey protagonist without going overboard into unintelligibility.
Andy is a fantastic character, as lively as Spenser but without the violence and hyper-masculinity. He is as obsessed with his beloved as Spenser is about Susan, but Andy's best-beloved is his dog, Tara, who is vastly less annoying than Susan.
A touch of Jersey, but not too much.
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